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Canada's Auger-Aliassime tops Cuevas to advance to 2nd round at Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO — Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the second round of the Sao Paulo Open on Wednesday, winning a match against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas for the second time in as many weeks.

The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime beat Cuevas, ranked No. 59 in the world, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the ATP 250 clay tournament.

Auger-Aliassime also downed Cuevas last week in a three-set semifinal at the Rio Open before losing the final to Serbia's Laslo Djere.

The Montreal native, who rose to a career high No. 60 with his run to his first ATP final in Rio, needed two hours three minutes to defeat Cuevas on Wednesday.

Auger-Aliassime converted on 3-of-6 break points while saving 4-of-5 on his own serve.

The Canadian will face No. 86 Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the second round.

The Canadian Press